Agriculture, food, environmental affiliate tables: 6:00 pm
Event starts at: 6:45 pm
Becky Ellis coordinates the Sprouts Children’s Garden Program for the London Community Resource Centre. The LCRC maintains community gardens in London and educates people of all ages about growing and cooking local food. She holds an M.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology from Western University, through which she focused on urban agriculture and neighbourhood democracy. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate with Earth Activist Training in January 2010. Becky has fond memories of growing up on a small family farm in Southwestern Ontario.
Skylar Franke studied Social Justice and Peace Studies and French Studies at King’s University College and works as Community Engagement Coordinator at ReForest London. She volunteers as Communication Coordinator for Food Not Lawns London Canada and was recently appointed to the Agricultural Advisory Committee for the City of London. Skylar is an avid board game geek, craft beer lover and road trip advocate who is excited about creating, supporting and eating local food & petting animals.
Hélène St. Jacques is President of Informa Market Research Co. Ltd. and has extensive knowledge in food marketing research. Last year she led a Greenbelt Fund Point of Sale survey team on attitudes towards the ordering, purchasing and selection of Ontario local food, conducting surveys with a select group of public institutions throughout the province. Hélène is a leader in the Toronto food community, and is citizen chair of the Toronto Food Policy Council and an active board member of Foodshare.
Tom Schell is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and was instrumental in collaboratively planning the first Sustainable Food Cluster in the County of Elgin which will become part of a vibrant Sustainable Food System in Southwestern Ontario. Tom is part-time faculty in the Green Management program at Conestoga College, a member of the Middlesex London Food Policy Council implementation team and a member of the Waterloo Citizens’ Environmental Advisory Committee which is currently reviewing urban agriculture and community gardens with respect to how they fit into a sustainable food system.
Michael van Holst is the city councillor for Ward 1 in London and a member of the Hamilton Road Food Coalition initiative. He has degrees in engineering and education. For the past 10 years he was teaching chemistry, physics, math and environmental science at the adult learning centre in St. Thomas. His grandparents were farmers and in the 90’s he spent five years working for Farm Business Consultants tax accounting firm.